Harlan County stretched its win streak to four and improved to 3-1 in district action with a 25-17, 25-9, 25-12 win Thursday over visiting Bell County.
“Defensively, we are improving every game as a team, and that is something we have been looking for since summer practice has started,” said Harlan County coach Stacy Noe.
Natalie Middleton had another big game for the Lady Bears with four aces and four kills. Haley Blakley added four kills and five service points. Chelsey Noe had her best game of the season with two kills and six assists.
Valaree Day and Morgan Burke also played well, according to Noe.
“They are just two girls who want to win, and they are willing to sacrifice for that,” he said. “I also thought Miranda Cook and Elyse Turner gave us a spark.”
Noe said all 12 varsity players saw action in the win.
The Lady Bears won 21-7, 26-24 in junior varsity action. Christa Burke, Madison Blanton and Emily Long led HCHS to the win.
Harlan County (5-2) plays only its second road game of the season to this point on Tuesday at Thomas Walker, Va.